Eastman School of Music
Eastman School classes celebrating reunions
October 20–22, 2006
70th Reunion: 1935 and 1936
65th Reunion: 1940 and 1941
60th Reunion: 1945 and 1946
55th Reunion: 1950 and 1951
50th Reunion: 1955 and 1956
45th Reunion: 1960 and 1961
40th Reunion: 1965 and 1966
35th Reunion: 1970 and 1971
30th Reunion: 1975 and 1976
25th Reunion: 1980 and 1981
20th Reunion: 1985 and 1986
15th Reunion: 1990 and 1991
10th Reunion: 1995 and 1996
For more about Alumni Weekend, visit the Eastman School’s office of Alumni Relations
H. Owen Reed (PhD) was named the Louisiana State
University Alumnus of the Year for 2004.
The musical Real Men, by composer Charles Strouse,
had its premiere at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami last January.
Arthur Frackenpohl (MA) (see ’47RC undergraduate).
Arnold Berleant ’55 (MA) is the author of
Re-thinking Aesthetics: Rogue Essays on Aesthetics and the Arts. Arnold
is professor emeritus of philosophy at Long Island University.
Doris Bogen Preucil received a lifetime achievement
award from the Eastman School. She is a cofounder of the Preucil School of Music
in Iowa City, Iowa.
Arnold Berleant (MA) (see ’53). . . . Tenor
Earnest Murphy (MM) performed at his undergraduate
alma mater, Stetson University, in DeLand, Fla., last January.
A concert marking the 72nd birthday of conductor Khunying
Mojdara Boonyaratavej (Mas) was held at the National Theatre in Bangkok,
Thailand, last December. The performers included those who were trained or were
influenced by Khunying, a national artist in choral conducting, as well as some
of Thailand’s top singers. . . . Paul Freeman
’63 (PhD) is the founding music director of the Sphinx Competition for
black and Latino string players. He also is music director of the Czech National
Symphony. . . . Former Chicago Symphony percussionist Gordon
Peters ’62 (MM) was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall
of Fame last November.
Sydney Hodkinson ’58 (MM), Almand Chair
of Composition at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., won two prizes at the
Harelbeke Town of Music Concert Band Composition Contest in Belgium last November.
His Monumentum pro Umbris received second prize as well as the audience
Violinist Richard Kilmer ’64 (MM) was a
featured artist in the 2004–05 Mazie Barnett Kilmer Recital Series at
Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. Richard is principal second violin of
the Austin Symphony and concertmaster of the Laredo Philharmonic.
Pianist Constance Knox Carroll (MM) gave a concert
as part of the Golden Triangle Music Forum at Mississippi State University in
Starkville last January. . . . Gordon Peters (MM)
Paul Freeman (PhD) (see ’56).
Richard Kilmer (MM) (see ’61).
Leone Buyse (see ’75) . . . . Percussion
group Nexus, featuring Bill Cahn and Bob
Becker ’69, ’71 (MM), was nominated for a 2005 Juno Award
for the CD Drumtalker. Bill also held a weeklong residency at Eastman
last December. . . . Bassist Tony Levin performed
with the California Guitar Trio in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., last January.
Max Stern writes, “I was invited by the
Jewish community of Gothenburg, Sweden, to be a special guest composer at the
interfaith program commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
on January 27, European Holocaust Day. I directed Monica Danielsson, one of
Scandinavia’s top contemporary performers, and pianist Bernt Wilhelmsson
in the three Terezin Songs—From Tomorrow On, Birdsong, and Alone—which
are original settings of texts written by children of the ghetto and camps.
I am associate professor at the College of Judea and Samaria, in Israel. I am
also music critic for the Jerusalem Post.”
Geary Larrick (MM) is included in the 2004 editions
of Madison Who’s Who and The Contemporary Who’s Who
of Professionals. He’s the author of the Annotated Bibliography
of Percussion Music Publications. For Black History Month last February,
he performed music composed by African-American musicians at various venues
Lt. Kenneth Megan directed the U.S. Coast Guard
Band, including harpist Megan Sesma ’02,
’02RC as a soloist, in a holiday concert last December. He also directed
the band in the concert Song and Dance last March. . . . Drummer and composer
Ted Moore is director of jazz and jazz ensembles
at the University of California at Berkeley. He also is leader of the jazz group
Brasilia, which performed two concerts, one with the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra and one with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, last February.
Pianist Janice Weber performed with violinist
Ilya Kaler at Seully Hall in Boston last February. She is a faculty member at
the Boston Conservatory.
Geraldine Hayslett Boone (MA) teaches music theory
and composition at Norfolk (Va.) State University and is the director emeritus
of the Chesapeake Civic Chorus, which gave a concert at St. Paul’s United
Methodist Church in Indian River, Va., last February. . . . Tiiu
Haamer (MM) was the adjudicator for the junior piano division of the
24th annual Kiwanis Music Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. . . . John
Larrere (MM) is general manager of the Hay Group’s metropolitan
New York office. . . . Andrea Kapell Loewy writes,
“I would like to announce the release of my CD of contemporary flute works,
Apparitions and Whimsies. It includes Robert Muczynksi’s Duos
for Flutes, with alumna Leone Buyse ’68.
I received a Louisiana Division of the Arts artist fellowship to support this
project. I continue to teach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where
I am professor of flute and graduate coordinator.”
Gary Bordner (MM) has released a new CD, Trumpet
Works. . . . Clement Reid writes, “My
composition Adventure for String Orchestra was commissioned and was
premiered in June 2004 by Matthew Underwood and the Stadium High School Chamber
Orchestra in Tacoma, Wash., and my Morrell Variations for Piano and Toy
Piano was premiered last September by Walter Kovshik at the Seattle Composers
Salon. I also have recorded a CD, The Far Field, a collection of music
for voice, chamber orchestra, and chamber ensembles. I have been teaching composition
at Pacific Lutheran University since 2002.”
Michael Drapkin is the author of Symphonic
Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, Volume 2. He writes, “Volume 1
is used by virtually all orchestra bass clarinetists worldwide and is referenced
as a source for bass clarinet orchestra auditions. Volume 3 will be released
this summer.” . . . Elizabeth Reed Smith
’83 (DMA) and Leslie Petteys make up the Nevelson Duo and perform works
by American composers and repertoire for violin and piano. Elizabeth is professor
of violin, viola, and chamber music at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.
. . . Paul Worfel (MM) is assistant professor
of education at Huntington College in Huntington, Ind.
Organist Terry Yount (DMA) performed in the 2004–05
concert series at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales (Fla.) last January.
Terry is music director of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Winter Park,
Diane Belcher (MM) gave the 24th annual Carroll
Hendrickson Organ Recital at the Mercersburg (Pa.) Academy Chapel last February.
Diane is assistant professor of organ at Westminster Choir College in Princeton,
N.J. . . . Elizabeth Reed Smith (DMA) (see ’79).
. . . Trumpeter Byron Stripling led the Columbus
Jazz Orchestra at the Marshall University Jazz Festival in Huntington, W.Va.,
Compositions by Mark Hierholzer (MM), including
Missa Brevis, were premiered by the Fredericksburg (Texas) Chorale
last February. . . . Maria Newman’s commissioned
work for flute, violin, and viola, Pennipotenti, was premiered at the
Pacific Serenades concert series in Los Angeles last January. She has played
violin and viola on a number of movie and television soundtracks, including
The Incredibles, Meet the Fockers, Alias, and American Idol. .
. . Pianist William Nyaho (MM) gave a free concert
and taught a master class at the University of Mississippi last February, as
part of the university’s Black History Month celebrations.
Baritone John Kramar and pianist John Keene gave
a recital last January at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. They have
performed as a duo since 1992. John is associate professor of voice and opera
at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
Raphael Bundage (DMA) celebrated his 20th anniversary
as coordinator of choral studies at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro
last February. The university’s choral society, concert chorale, and percussion
ensemble, as well as Eastman alumnus John Kramar ’85,
performed in the season’s final concerts in his honor. Raphael also is
director of the Middle Tennessee Choral Society and conductor for the First
Presbyterian Church of Nashville. . . . Chelsea Tipton
conducted the Toledo (Ohio) Symphony’s Mozart and More concert
last January. Baritone Ivan Griffin (MM) was a
Richard Cohn, professor of music at the University
of Chicago, has been named the Helen B. and Frank L. Sulzberger Professor in
Music. Richard also is a board member of the Chicago Chorale. . . . Kathrine
Handford is director of music and organist at Hamline United Methodist
Church in St. Paul, Minn. . . . Our apologies to Jamal
Rossi (DMA), whose name was incorrect in the Spring 2005 issue of Review.
His appointment as the dean of academic affairs at the Eastman School begins
Saxophonist and composer Rick DiMuzio (MM) has
recorded his first solo CD, First Offerings. John
Hollenbeck ’90, ’91 (MM) is featured on drums. Rick is associate
professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Keyboardist Peter Lewis ’94 accompanied
“artistic whistler” Hans Martin Werner in the concert Whistles and
Pipings at the United Church of Marco Island in Florida last January. . . .
Robin Holtz Williams (DMA) has recorded her first
CD, A Piano in the House. Last February, she performed in the Third
Sunday Concert Series at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, La. Robin teaches
piano and music appreciation at the University of New Orleans and is the graduate
coordinator for the music department.
Craig Arnold (DMA) will join the faculty of Luther
College in Decorah, Iowa, in August as director of choral activities and conductor
of the Nordic Choir. . . . John Bodinger (DMA)
is the organist and choir director for the Manito Presbyterian Church in Spokane,
Wash. . . . Kate Hartnagel-Nasuti and her husband,
Tony, announce the birth of their first child, Emma Rose, on July 2, 2004. Kate
writes, “Everyone is doing well in Norristown, Pa.” . . . Eric
Plutz (MM) is principal university organist at Princeton. . . . The Ying
Quartet—siblings Phillip ’92 (MM),
Timothy (DMA), Janet
’92, and David ’92 (DMA)—Eastman’s
quartet-in-residence, premiered Pierre Jalbert’s Icefield Sonnets
at Kilbourn Hall last February. The work was one of the projects commissioned
by the quartet’s LifeMusic project, designed to build American string
Pianist Marina Lomazov ’00 (DMA) performed
with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra at South Carolina State University
last February. Marina is assistant professor of piano at the University of South
Carolina School of Music in Columbia. She also is the artistic director of the
Southeastern Piano Festival.
Carlos Carrillo had the world premiere of his
Algunas metáforas que aluden al tormento, a la angustia y a la Guerra
during the American Composers Orchestra concert series at Carnegie Hall last
January. . . . Soprano Janet Hackett (MM) gave
a recital at Oregon State University in Corvallis as part of the university’s
Music a la Carte series. Janet is a vocal music instructor at Oregon State.
. . . Peter Lewis (see ’90).
Organist Aaron Miller gave a concert at Grace
Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Pa., last February. . . . Christopher
Wicks writes that Sorelle, a flute, soprano, and harp trio, performed
his song cycle based on the poems of Sappho in a concert at the Asian Art Museum
in Seattle last January.
The band SNMNMNM, made up of Seamus Kenney, his
brother Matthew Kenney, Matt Vooris, and Mark
Daumen ’99, has released a new CD, As Best We Can.
Amy Eyles is flutist with the group Chinook Winds.
The trio presented the concert Enchanting Cello with guest cellist Erin Eyles
Espinoza, Amy’s sister, at the First Congregational Church in Great Falls,
Mont. . . . John and Kari
Capone Kaefer (see ’99RC undergraduate). . . . Bret
Miller (MA) and Lisa Torres were married on July 9, 2004, in Rochester.
Bret is a vocal music teacher at Waterloo (N.Y.) High School and is pursuing
a degree in educational administration at SUNY Brockport. Lisa is a vocal music
teacher in the Sodus Central School District.
Nathaniel Bartlett gave a marimba concert at the
Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., last December. . . . Danan
Healy (MM) writes, “I have a recording out with my band, Aeolian
May—Port of Embarkation. It’s a collaboration with songwriter
James Durham of folk/new age/rock songs with a touch of Celtic influence. I
am ending my enlistment with the U.S. Army Field Band’s rock/pop group
the Volunteers.” . . . Marina Lomazov (DMA)
(see ’93). . . . J. Christopher Pardini (MM)
is director of music and organist at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh,
Daniel Bara (DMA) directed the combined choirs
of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the First Presbyterian Church in Kinston,
N.C., in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria last December. Daniel
is assistant professor and director of activities at East Carolina University
in Greenville, N.C. . . . Eric Dudley is the assistant
conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. . . . Martin
Hodel (DMA) teaches trumpet and music theory at St. Olaf College in Northfield,
Minn. . . . Ben Wensel (MM), Annie
Barley ’02, Elizabeth Matthews Brown
’02, ’04 (MM), Adam Carter ’02,
’04 (MM), Caroline Kang ’02, Susie
Kelly ’02, ’04 (MM), Kevin McFarland
’04, and Florent Renard-Payen ’04
(DMA) make up the Tarab Cello Ensemble, which performed concerts in St. Petersburg
and Tampa, Fla., last January. The group’s members also held seminars
and performed at the University of Southern Florida and the Patel Conservatory.
Andrew Cheetham (DMA) is visiting professor of
trumpet and jazz at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. . . . Violinist
Simeon Simeonov was a guest soloist with the Idyllwild
Arts Academy choir and orchestra in a concert last December.